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My Favorite Antarctic Books


Registrants were invited to list up to ten of their favorite Antarctic books, ranking them if they wished. Twenty responded with choices. Here are the results arranged numerically from most mentions down to one mention.

Mentions Author Title
12Cherry-Garrard, ApsleyThe Worst Journey in the World
6Shackleton, ErnestThe Heart of the Antarctic
5Bickel, LenardMawson's Will; The greatest survival story ever written
5Scott, Robert F.Scott's Last Expedition
5Shackleton, ErnestSouth; The story of Shackleton's last expedition 1914-1917
5Smith, MichaelShacketon; by endurance we conquer
5Smith, MichaelTom Crean: Unsung Hero of the Scott and Shackleton Antarctic Expeditions
4Amundsen, RoaldThe South Pole
4Lansing, AlfredEndurance; Shackleton's incredible voyage
4Mawson, DouglasHome of the Blizzard
3Fiennes, RanulphCaptain Scott
3Huntford, RolandThe Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole
3Shackleton, Ernest et al edsThe South Polar Times
3Tyler-Lewis, KellyThe Lost Men; The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party
3Wheeler, SaraCherry, A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard
3Worsley, FrankEndurance; an epic of polar adventure
2Boothe, JoanThe Storied Ice: Exploration, Discovery, and Adventure in Antarctica's Peninsula Region
2Borkan, Brad & David HirzelWhen Your Life Depends on It - Extreme decision making lessons from the Antarctic
2Byrd, RichardAlone
2Hempleman-Adams, David et alThe Heart of the Great Alone; Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography
2Hurley, FrankArgonauts of the South
2Jones, MaxThe Last Great Quest: Captain Scott's Antarctic Sacrifice
2Lonely PlanetAntarctica
2Mill, H. R.The Siege of the South Pole
2Philbrick, NathanielSea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery: The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
2Ponting, HerbertThe Great White South; Being an account of experiences with Captain Scott's south pole expedition...
2Preston, DianaA First Rate Tragedy; Captain Scott's Antarctic Expedition
2Readers DigestAntarctica—Great Stories from the Frozen Continent
2Scott, Robert F.The Voyage of the Discovery
2Wilson, DavidLost Photographs of Captain Scott
2Wilson, David & C. J. WilsonEdward Wilson's Nature Notebooks
1Alberts, Fred G., compiled and edited byGeographic Names of the Antarctic (National Science Foundation)
1Aldridge, DonThe Rescue of Captain Scott
1Alexander, CarolineMrs. Chippy's Last Expedition; The remarkable journal of Shackleton's polar-bound cat
1Apollonio, Spencer, edThe Last of the Cape Horners; Firsthand Accounts From the Final Days of the Commercial Tall Ships
1Ayres, PhilipMawson: a Life
1Bainbridge, BerylThe Birthday Boys
1Beaglehole, J. C.The Life of Captain James Cook
1Beeby, DeanIn a Crystal Land; Canadian Explorers in Antarctica
1Bomann-Larsen, TorRoald Amundsen
1Brockmeier, KevinThe Brief History of the Dead
1Butler, AngieThe Quest for Frank Wild including his Original Memoirs
1Charcot, Jean BaptisteThe Voyage of the "Why Not?" in the Antarctic
1Chester, Jonathan & Patrick ReganFlipping Brilliant, a Penguin's Guide to a Happly Life
1Cook, Capt. JamesA Voyage towards the South Pole and round the world...
1Davis, J. E.A Letter from the Antarctic
1Debenham, FrankIn the Antarctic; Stories of Scott's Last Expedition
1Doorly, James Gerald StokelyThe Voyages of the Morning
1Druett, JoanIsland of the Lost: An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edge of the World
1Englander, JohnMoving to Higher Ground: Rising Sea Level and the Path Forward
1Evans, E.R.G.R.South with Scott
1Fadiman, AnneEx Libris; Confessions of a Common Reader
1Fagan, ChrisThe Expedition: Two Parents Risk Life and Family in an Extraordinary Quest to the South Pole
1Fiennes, RanulphMad, Bad & Dangerous to Know: The Autobiography
1Fiennes, RanulphRace to the Pole: Tragedy, Heroism, and Scott's Antarctic Quest
1Filchner, W.Zum Sechsten Erdteil: die zweite Deutsche Südpolar-Expedition
1Fogg, G.E. A History of Antarctic Science
1Fox, William L.Terra Antarctica; Looking into the Emptiest Continent
1Fuchs, ArvedIn Shackleton's Wake
1Drygalski, E.Zum Kontinent des Eisigen Südens
1Haddelsey, StephenIcy Graves; Exploration and Death in the Antarctic
1Hartley, CatharineTo the Poles Without a Beard
1Herbert, KariPolar Wives; the remarkable women behind the world's most daring explorers
1Herbert, WallyA World of Men; Exploration in Antarctica
1Hirzel, DavidAntarctic Voyager: Tom Crean: with Scott's 'Discovery' Expedition 1901-1904
1Hirzel, DavidHold Fast: Tom Crean with Shackleton's Endurance Expedition 1913-1916
1Hirzel, DavidSailor on Ice: Tom Crean
1Hooper, MeredithThe Longest Winter; Scott's Other Heroes
1Huntford, RolandShackleton
1Huntford, Roland introduced byThe Shackleton Voyages; A Pictorial Anthology of the Polar Explorer and Edwardian Hero
1Hurley, FrankSouth with Endurance; Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition 1914-1917. The Photographs of Frank Hurley
1Jarvis, TimShackleton's Epic: Recreating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival
1Johnson, NicholasBig Dead Place; Inside the Strange & Menacing World of Antarctica
1Jones, Max edRobert Falcon Scott Journals Scott's Last Expedition. Edited with an introduction and notes by Max Jones
1Judd, AlfredThe Conquest of the Poles and Modern Adventures in the World of Ice
1Keough, Pat & RosemarieAntarctica
1Kløver, GeirLessons from the Arctic; how Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole
1Kohl-Larsen, L.South Georgia; Gateway to Antarctica
1Lashly, WilliamThe Diary of W. Lashly; A record of the return journey of the last supporting party with Capt. Scott to the South Pole...
1Leijerstam, MariaCycling to the South Pole—A World First
1Lowe, George & Huw Lewis JonesThe Crossing of Antarctica. Original photographs from the epic journey that fulfilled Shackleton's dream
1Lüdecke, C.Deutsche in der Antarktis. Expeditionen und Forschungen vom Kaiserreich bis heute
1McClintock, JamesLost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land
1McElrea, Richard & David HarrowfieldPolar Castaways
1McGonigal, David & Lynn Woodworth The Complete Encyclopedia of Antarctica (and Arctic)
1McGregor, AlaisdairFrank Hurley, A Photographer's Life
1McOrist, WilsonThe Boy from Long Gully
1McOrist, WilsonShackleton's Heroes
1Mill, H. R.The Life of Sir Ernest Shackleton
1Monteath, ColinAntarctica; Beyond the Southern Ocean
1Murray, James & George MarstonAntarctic Days
1Nielsen, JerriIce Bound; A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole
1Nordenskjold, OttoAntarctica
1Prior, HazelHow the Penguins Saved Veronica
1Pyne, StephenThe Ice: A Journey to Antarctica
1Quartermain, L.B. New Zealand and the Antarctic
1Richards, R. W.Verbatim Diary (Only known public copy at SPRI)
1Rosove, MichaelAntarctica, 1772-1922; Freestanding Publications Through 1999
1Shackleton, Ernest ed.Aurora Australis
1Shackleton, Jonathan & John McKennaShackleton: An Irishman in Antarctica
1Shirihai, HadoramThe Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife
1Solomon, SusanThe Coldest March; Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition
1Spufford, FrancisI May be Some Time; Ice and the English Imagination
1Strathie, AnneBirdie Bowers; Captain Scott's Marvel
1Strathie, AnneHerbert Ponting: Scott's Antarctic Photographer and Pioneer Filmmaker
1Stump, EdmundThe Roof at the Bottom of the World; Discovering the Transantarctic Mountains
1Swithinbank, CharlesFoothold on Antarctica
1Swithinbank, CharlesForty Years on Ice
1Tahan, M.R. The Life of Jose Maria Sobral; Scientist, Diarist, and Pioneer in Antarctica
1Thomson, JohnFrank Worsley, Shackleton's Fearless Captain
1Turney, Chris Shackled
1Urbina, IanThe Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier
1Walker, GabrielleAntarctica; an intimate portrait of the world's most mysterious continent
1Walton, Kevin & Rick AtkinsonOf Dogs and Men; Fifty Years in the Antarctic. The Illustrated Story of the Dogs of the British Antarctic Survey 1944-1994
1Wheeler, SaraTerra Incognita; Travels in Antarctica
1Wild, FrankMemoirs (Included in Angie Butler's The Quest for Frank Wild.)
1Williams, Isobel & John DudeneyWilliam Speirs Bruce; Forgotten Polar Hero
1Williams, IsobelWith Scott in the Antarctic
1Wilson, David & C. J. WilsonEdward Wilson's Antarctic Notebooks
1Worsley, FrankEndurance; and epic of polar adventure
1Worsley, FrankShackleton's Boat Journey